Save The Three Cups Hotel

The Three Cups Hotel

Campaigning for preservation of the hotel where J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and gained inspiration for his mythology. Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Tennyson and H.W. Longfellow were also guests. The hotel featured in the film, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Please send articles to me, Andrew Townsend, at or add a comment. Thanks to David Moss for all his work. Comments are closed at WDDC for the plans to redevelop the site but you can still write to the papers.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Letter in Dorset Echo

"Is this leadership from our council?" asks John Grantham in a letter to the Dorset Echo this week. Click through to read the full text which questions why West Dorset District Council will not attend public meetings on matters which have huge impact on the economic well being of the electorate.

"With regard to WDDC’s planned offices move, I was brought up to believe that, if a team left a field of play, they forfeited the match. Cllr Gould does not seem to agree.

The fact that he is not prepared to appear in public to discuss the new office plan must mean one of two things. Either he is unconfident at his, and/or his Council colleagues’, ability to be able to represent the case adequately in public for the office move. Or he is unconfident that the facts and figures themselves are coherent and will stand up to interactive public scrutiny.

Ask any ten people anywhere in West Dorset what they think about the Council’s planned office move and if you get more than one of them even having heard of it you are doing well. The council is trying to slide this one through without proper, fullsome, public debate.

I myself know too much of autocratic Council behaviour, having actually been banned from contacting the Listed Buildings officer over the (20-years-shut) grade II-listed Three Cups Hotel building in Lyme Regis, which WDDC now admits “is falling to pieces”. Messrs Gould, Clarke and Evans all refuse to attend a public meeting in Lyme Regis to answer questions from residents there.

Is this refusal to attend the offices meeting ‘Leadership’ from the ‘Leader’ of the Council? Or is it fear of consulting properly with his electorate?

John Grantham

Burton Bradstock"


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